According to multiple WH aides, White House staff planned to assemble on the South Lawn to greet President Obama as he returned this evening but the arrival has now been changed due to weather, as pool has noted. POTUS will arrive by motorcade instead of chopper and that means only a limited pool of reporters get to see him come in and staff members who were looking forward to welcoming him home, no doubt with cheers, will not get to do so. Fair to say some disappointed folks here at the White House.
President Obama made a quick trip to New York City on Monday night for some fundraiser but he took along a very important guest on Air Force One: singer Jon Bon Jovi. He was already on board when the travel pool boarded but they did catch a glimpse of him getting off the plane, according to pool reports. JBJ will headline one of tonight's fundraisers when he gives a musical performance at the event at the Waldorf Astoria.
Bon Jovi was appointed to the president's White House Council for Community Solutions back in December 2010. He visited the White House in January to meet about a program to hire at-risk teenagers for summer jobs.
For the record, a White House official tells the pool, "For those of you asking, Bon Jovi's travel was paid for by the campaign."
In White House speak; a “weather call” is an official determination if it is safe for the President to fly on Marine One or Air Force One during adverse weather conditions. Heavy rain, sleet, snow, lightning, and most often dense fog can ground the specially equipped Presidential aircraft. A “weather call” is a thumb up or thumb down decision based on the current weather conditions and the safety of using aircraft to transport the President and White House staff.
One rule of thumb at the White House, if officials cannot see the tip of the Washington Monument from the White House, Marine One will not land or take off from the South Lawn. The President is usually forced to take a lengthy motorcade ride to his destination.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even the commander-in-chief takes a back seat to bad weather. Wednesday, just as Air Force One was approaching Hartford’s Bradley International Airport to land, the pilot executed a missed approach and circled around.
Federal Aviation Authority spokeswoman Laura Brown tells CNN, "The plane had not yet reached the runway and the weather was 'bad' so the pilot circled around and lined up for another landing."
President Obama is scheduled to speak this morning at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduation ceremony in New London. It was cloudy and rainy in Hartford this morning and the president's speech at the Coast Guard Academy which was originally planned outside was moved to an indoor location.
Air Force One circled around the airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, at approximately 9:50 a.m. At the time, the weather there was 55 degrees, extremely overcast and northwest winds at 11mph.
White House spokesperson Nick Shapiro confirmed the incident and said that due to the weather the pilot decided to circle around before landing the plane but added, “[T]his is a standard and safe procedure.”
The president's plane did eventually land at the airport just a few minutes later, at 10:05 a.m., without incident. It's not known if Obama knew about the missed landing. Reporters traveling on Air Force One were unaware of the first attempted landing.
(CNN)- President Obama said early Tuesday that he hopes Republican leaders "realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012."
During a surprise visit to the press cabin aboard Air Force One on his way back from his vacation in Hawaii, Obama said he hopes to build on the progress made during last month's lame-duck session.
"My hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job this year is to make sure that we build on recovery," Obama said. FULL POST
PRESS GAGGLE BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY BILL BURTON
Aboard Air Force One En Route Winston-Salem, North Carolina
MR. BURTON: Thank you all for joining this flight down to North Carolina. This is Hannah August. It’s her first flight on Air Force One. She promised not to break anything.
Okay, any questions?
Q Can you talk about the latest on the tax talks? And are there any new developments as of this morning, and how many times has the President talked directly to Mr. McConnell?
November 23, 2010
MR. BURTON: Okay, ready to go.
Q Does the President consider North Korea’s actions an act of war?
MR. BURTON: As you know, the President is outraged by these actions. And as we said in the statement earlier today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally in South Korea. And as the President said in Korea, we're fully committed to their defense.
Our condolences go to the victims of this attack. And we'll be working with South Korea and the international community in coming days on the best way forward in securing peace and stability in the region.
The President will speak with President Lee at some point soon. They’re still working out the time at which they talk.
Aboard Air Force One: Turkey, swiss, & bacon on wheat. Tomato soup. Sauvignon blanc.
President Obama waves as he board Air Force One for the red-eye flight to Lisbon.
We are Lisbon bound and overnighting on Air Force One.